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Modi’s statement on Visit of Prime Minister of Vietnam to India

New Delhi: The Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, H.E. Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung accompanied by his spouse paid a State Visit to the Republic of India from 27-28 October 2014 at the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, H.E. Shri Narendra Modi. Prime Minister Dung was accorded a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and laid a wreath at the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat. Prime Minister Modi held official talks with Prime Minister Dung and hosted a banquet in his honour. Prime Minister Dung called on President of India, H.E. Shri Pranab Mukherjee and met Vice President H.E. Shri Hamid Ansari, Speaker of the Lok Sabha H.E. Smt. Sumitra Mahajan and External Affairs Minister H.E. Smt. Sushma Swaraj. Prime Minister Dung also visited the holy city of Bodh Gaya. He had a meeting with the Chief Minister of Bihar, H.E. Shri Jitan Ram Manjhi. A Conclave of business leaders from both countries was held during the visit. The Prime Ministers welcomed the developments in recent years which have led to a continuous strengthening of the Strategic Partnership between India and Vietnam. They reaffirmed their commitment for comprehensive development of the Strategic Partnership between the two countries. The Prime Ministers agreed that a strong India-Vietnam partnership would lead to peace, prosperity and stability for people of both countries and in the wider region. Prime Minister Modi reaffirmed that Vietnam was an important pillar of India`s Look East Policy. Prime Minister Dung welcomed a greater role for India in the regional and international arena. The Prime Ministers noted that strategic partnership between both countries was based on traditional friendship, mutual understanding, strong trust, support and convergence of views on various regional and international issues. They expressed happiness on the success of the recent State Visit of President of India H.E. Shri Pranab Mukherjee to Vietnam in September 2014. They also welcomed the successful visit of External Affairs Minister H.E. Smt. Sushma Swaraj to Hanoi in August 2014. The Prime Ministers called for more intensive exchanges at all levels under the established dialogue mechanisms and urged effective implementation of agreements concluded between both countries. Vietnam-2 PM of India's statement: Your Excellency, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung Members of the Media I am delighted to welcome Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to India. His third visit to India is a testimony to his strong confidence and interest in the relations between our two countries. Since entering office, my government has promptly and purposefully intensified our engagement in the Asia Pacific region, which is critical to India`s future.It is no surprise that Vietnam has been at the forefront of our efforts. Our President paid a highly successful State visit to Vietnam in September; our External Affairs Minister visited Vietnam in August. India and Vietnam share ancient spiritual and cultural links, which is reflected in Prime Minister Dung`s visit to Bodh Gaya before coming to Delhi. We are two developing nations. We have been steadfast in our support for each other and we have stood with each other in difficult moments. We in India admire the people of Vietnam for the courage and resolve with which they have overcome many formidable challenges to their nation. Today, our partnership is important for promoting our nations`prosperity and essential for advancing peace and stability in our shared neighbourhood. We have shared interest in maritime security, including freedom of navigation and commerce and peaceful settlement of maritime disputes in accordance with international law. In our discussions today, Prime Minister Dung and I had strong convergence of views on our region and how to further deepen our bilateral relations. Our defence cooperation with Vietnam is among our most important ones. India remains committed to the modernization of Vietnam`s defence and security forces. This will include expansion of our training programme, which is already very substantial, joint exercises and cooperation in defence equipment. We will quickly operationalise the 100 million dollars Line of Credit that will enable Vietnam acquire new naval vessels from India. We have also agreed to enhance our security cooperation, including in counter-terrorism. We have also agreed to increase our cooperation in Space, including in space applications and launch of Vietnam`s satellites, and in peaceful uses of civil nuclear energy. We emphasized the need for stronger economic relationship as an essential component of a strong strategic partnership. We see great opportunities for increased trade and enhanced Indian participation in areas such energy, infrastructure, textiles, chemicals, machinery, agro-processing and information technology in Vietnam. We have offered to discuss additional lines of credit to support Vietnam`s efforts to diversify its industry and economic linkages. Vietnam`s recent decisions on infrastructure projects for Indian companies, the award of a banking licence to Bank of India and commencement of direct air links through Jet Airways and Vietnam Airlines reflect the new momentum in our economic relations. I thanked Prime Minister for Vietnam`s commitment to collaboration with India in its oil and gas sector and its additional offer of exploration blocks. We will continue to deepen our cooperation in this sector and associated downstream industry. Cultural, academic and people-to-people exchanges constitute an equally important pillar of our relationship. The agreements that we have signed today - MoU on Conservation and Restoration of Cham Monuments at My Son, MoU on Vietnam`s participation in the Nalanda University and MoU on Audio Visual Cooperation – are just some of the steps that we are taking to promote greater contacts and tourism between our two countries. I have thanked Prime Minister Dung for Vietnam`s co-sponsorship of the resolution in the UN General Assembly to declare June 21 as the International Yoga Day. I conveyed my appreciation for Vietnam’s consistent support to India’s candidature for permanent membership of a reformed United Nations Security Council. We will continue to work together in regional forums, including the forthcoming East Asia Summit and India-ASEAN Summit, for peace, stability and prosperity in the region. As Vietnam assumes the role ofASEAN Coordinator for India in 2015, I am confident that India’s integration with our ASEAN partners will get a further impetus. I am very happy to say that the State Visit of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, together with our President`s visit last month,has not only strengthened our traditional friendship, but also accelerated the momentum of our Strategic Partnership.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He is serving as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University, the university which controlling 440 colleges of Engineering, Management, Pharmacy & Architecture colleges in Gujarat.

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